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HVAC solutions 'vital to prevent spread of virus'

RIYADH, March 30, 2020

Saudi-based Al Salem Johnson Controls has highlighted the importance of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) solutions in preventing the spread of virus infections and diseases amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
 Al Salem Johnson Controls is a pioneering provider of integrated solutions that incorporate HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) equipment, building management systems and controls, for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Yemen.
 
It boasts a complete range of HVAC solutions, with the capability to engineer and customise each solution to meet the requirements of different applications and circumstances, in addition to the largest specialized aftermarket team in the Middle East.
 
Engineer Maher H Mousa, Director of Product Management, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency Policy, Al Salem Johnson Controls, said: "When we think about pollutants, we often think about those found outside, whether in the air, on the ground, or in the water, even though indoor air quality (IAQ) is just as vital to our everyday lives and health, and the pollutants found inside building and public closed areas should concern us just as much, if not more, especially these days when the world is faced with the challenge of fighting the spread of the Covid-19 and other diseases."
 
Mousa pointed out that the Covid-19 pandemic has gripped the world, with the focus now turned to the control and prevention of the spread of the coronavirus. 
 
People around the world have been urged to avoid crowded areas, and stay home to control and minimise the spread of the disease.
 
"While many people believe that the prevention of infection with the coronavirus is requiring them to take health and hygiene precautions only when they are outside their homes, it is essential to point out that there are other factors – apart from health and hygiene - that are unknown to some in commercial and residential buildings, as well as other public crowded closed areas, which may cause infection transmission," he stated. 
 
Thus, precautionary measures are keen to close such areas, prevent crowds, and urge individuals to avoid any kind of gatherings, and keep safe inside their homes, added Mousa. 
 
He pointed out that the design and operation of HVAC systems could hinder disease transmission in several ways. 
 
HVAC systems supply clean air to susceptible occupants, such as in crowded and closed spaces, thereby helping in reducing the possibility of disease transmission, he explained.
 
According to Mousa, Al Salem Johnson Controls offers a complete range of advanced solutions and technologies covering filtration, proper humidification and ultraviolet air purifiers that reduce airborne contaminants to achieve an optimum room temperature and humidity, and a cleaner and healthier IAQ. 
 
York's air handling units show how HVAC units can play an important role in reaching the required levels of IAQ and beyond, he stated.
 
These HVAC units supply 100% fresh air by containing contaminated air and exhausting it to the outdoors, and then replacing it with well-treated fresh air, which re-enters the space after a rigorous filtration process; this process cleans the air within the space/room, he added.



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